Censor.net to appeal against court decision over businessman Petrovsky claim
Yuriy Butusov, editor in chief of the online-edition Censor.net considers as illegitimate the decision of Zhovtnevy district court of Dnipro of 13 August 2018 and is going to file an appeal against this decision. The judges rendered a decision the online edition had to pay damage 2 thousands of hryvnias ($ 73 approximately) and to publish a disclaimer within the lawsuit instituted over a complaint of a businessman Oleksander Petrovsky. His sued Censor.net and its editor in chief and two other persons, as “his person had been cast in a negative light” and the edition affirmed he would be related to a criminal world. As Butusov told the judges had penalized the edition “for quotation of the former minister of justice and actual prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko from the weekly Dzerkalo tyzhdnya: “Petrovsky who is known in certain circles as “drug addict”, had been known to police as crime boss”. As to Butusov, this ruling of the court is a crackdown on the press freedom. Butusov told: "Today, Petrovsky is under protection against all risks. He would be relative to a MP from BPP, he got a rare state decoration “Mazepa’s Cross”, was honored with a documentary film shown at the presidential TV channel the 5 TV, where the journalists related how Petrovsky had saved Dnipro in 2014 from the Russian aggression, in 2018 Petrovsky was awarded with a honorary gun from the minister of defense, he takes part in all ceremonies linked to Tomos (…) That’s why I am not surprised that Zhovtnevy court in Dnipro has the front to pronounce a judgment against the journalists, to penalize them for a quotation of the prosecutor general".
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